Yeah, though I don't like 6 and 8 at all, D2 Bentley would be better than both.Great post Dane96!
So if we were to make an up-to-date AE wish list:
5. Sacred Heart
Does it look something like that?
They have the Carnegie R2 rating which helps (all 8 left have R1 or R2). They are spending...and they do well enough in the sports the AE wants to, plus they're good at baseball and softball...but I do wonder how the spending is being spread around. They have a LOT of sports. They started hockey on a whim basically. From what I understand, they do not fund that very well. That means nothing to the AE, but LIU also seems to be giving at least precieved "varsity" status to sports that aren't under the NCAA banner like women's rugby and equestrian. I'm sure those take limited resources...but I also know stabling a horse is expensive (I'm sure every woman on the team comes from a tax bracket that can afford it), so I'd want to know if they're stretching themselves thin by offering athletic support to those sort of things.The thing that makes LIU attractive (though academics are meh) is the sheer size of the school, the endowment, and the fact that they want to SPEND dollars on athletics.
Merrimack is going nowhere. And Lowell won't want them in their backyard.I wonder what the ADs think of the other NEC programs. I disagree about Bentley. They have a nice soccer/lax field. That’s about it. I’d rather take an NEC school.
I don’t see anything from PA/NJ/MD/DE being a huge interest right now.
I do think they try for a CT school.
If they look outside CT but still New England
If they look at NY
2. LIU (I guess due to size and desire to spend money)
All have their own + and -
Um, what? Is women's rugby even an NCAA sponsored sport? And how many schools even participate?women's rugby and equestrian
Rugby at the college level is administered by USA Rugby. It's open classification...most classify their teams as club sports but a handful on the men's and women's side give theirs "varsity" status. Women have it classified as an "NCAA Emerging Sport"Um, what? Is women's rugby even an NCAA sponsored sport? And how many schools even participate?
Equestrian? On Long Island?
one change here: LIU's core athletics are in beautiful Brookville, LI. Not urban at all. Its in a gorgeous area of Long Island.Look at the sports SHU and LIU sponsor. It is some of the most comprehensive athletics programs in the country - on par with Ivys, Stanford, etc.
Lots of emerging sports, etc. Again, not sure there are many scholarship and these are not cheap programs to run, but I think this is what is driving enrollment. I assume LIU, is likely trying to be a major urban university and is investing in athletics as part of it's focus.
Sacred Heart has grown almost as fast as QU. It is the 2nd largest Catholic college in New England with a robust athletic program and solid academics.
That would be a 16-game hoops schedule (your other 5 division mates x2 plus the 6 in the other division x1). Other than that, all of this looks good.Yeah, though I don't like 6 and 8 at all, D2 Bentley would be better than both.
CCSU...again, wish they weren't tarnished in the AD minds...but they are...and it's a shame. I mean, if I were the AE, I would actually go all in and go for LIU, Quinnipiac, Fairfield, Bryant, and CCSU. The last three allow the NEC to be held hostage to the football schools that are leaving due to the AQ. Then you split the league (and prevent yourself from potential future losses, which WILL occur).
And four out of the following five
Bryant (brings Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey, and Baseball)
Quinnipiac( brings Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey, and Baseball)
CCSU (would need to add Field Hockey and Men's lacrosse)
Fairfield (brings Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey, and Baseball)
LIU (brings Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Field Hockey, and Baseball)
Not bad in Lax. Not bad in hoops. Not bad in baseball. Not bad in soccer. Don't worry about track...just give the title to Albany.
For hoops, you play your group twice...and the other division once (18 games for hoops, leaving you 12 OOC)